Even a casual reading of James can result in a serious blow to the spiritual gut. Admittedly, this is my experience nearly every time I put my nose to the pages of this divinely inspired epistle. James puts us through the wringer. By the Holy Spirit’s power, the standard of faithful living is set before us and the violent crush of truth smashes us to pieces (Jer. 23:29). It is purifying trial after purifying trial. By the time you reach the end, you are in need of some serious spiritual help. Thankfully, James anticipated this.
“Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray” (Ja. 5:13). The battered and bruised believer is a prayer away from a divine rescue and renewal. His final words are like a soothing oil to all who have been in battle with sin and the world that so desperately wants Christ to die. He brings us to the foot of Christ to restore our strength, renew our joy, recover our faith, rebuild our fellowship, revive our power, and rescue our soul.
In James 5:13-20, we discover the Bible’s most comprehensive work on prayer. Now, journey through this passage with me, verse-by-verse, as we learn that prayer is the key to unlock joy in trials. James calls it The Prayer of Faith.